PARIS -- Citroen's latest-generation C4 model will go on sale in the fourth quarter as the brand aims to expand in the compact car segment.
The C4 is a major launch "as it will support one of our key expansion axis in terms of volumes in coming years," Citroen CEO Vincent Cobee said.
"Citroen is coming back in full force in the compact car segment in Europe which is the biggest segment if you count SUVs and sedans," Cobee said.
The new C4 is built on an extended version of PSA Group’s CMP platform, which up until now has been used only for small cars and SUVs such as the Peugeot 208, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and DS 3 Crossback. The platform can accommodate gasoline, diesel or battery-electric drivetrains.
The C4's 100 kW (136 hp) battery-powered version will have a WLTP range of 350 km (217 miles), Citroen said. It will also offer versions with gasoline engines from 100 hp to 155 hp and diesel units from 110 hp to 130 hp.
The C4 is the fifth electrified Citroen to be announced this year, following the C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid SUV, the full-electric Ami quadricycle, and the battery-powered e-Jumpy and e-Spacetourer vans.
The C4 will replace the C4 Cactus in the brand’s lineup.
The C4 Cactus is a slow seller for Citroen. The brand sold 52,128 C4 Cactus models in Europe last year, down 10 percent on the year before, according to JATO Dynamics. Citroen's total European sales for 2019 rose 10 percent to 632,188.
Reuters contributed to this report